When Vladimir Putin shattered the peace in Europe by unleashing war on a democracy of 44 million people, his justification was that modern, Western-leaning Ukraine was a constant threat.
What Does Russia (Really) Want in Ukraine?
The world has been shocked by what most observers view as Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, a democracy of 44 million people. But Russian President Vladimir Putin cites many provocations that led him to invade his neighbor. Some historians see the war as the culmination of a 30-year struggle to define Europe and Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Learn more about Putin’s intentions, the history of Ukraine and what the Ukrainian people want for their future.